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New Yorkers who’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 were allowed to ditch their masks in most settings as the state reopened Wednesday  —  but you wouldn’t have known it in many parts of the Big Apple.

The state on Wednesday officially adopted CDC mask guidance that allow the inoculated to go mostly mask-free — the same day it lifted capacity restrictions restaurants and other venues.

The article goes on to state the following:

At the Planet Fitness on West 35th Street and Seventh Avenue in Midtown, jabbed gym-goers were officially no longer required to mask-up — but most were still covering their faces, workers said.

“My boss texted everyone this morning that we no longer need to enforce the mask policy,” said Miguel Almanzar, who works the front desk. “We are supposed to let them do what they feel comfortable doing.”

But “hesitant” customers were “still coming with their masks,” he said — chalking it up to lingering “trauma” from  all the city has endured over the last year.

“People are traumatized. I’m still traumatized by this. We have to recondition ourselves to seeing people without masks on not being a threat,” he said.

Many of the retailers in the city have updated the requirements for customers, including Target. The article notes that at the chain’s Midtown location, plenty of shoppers were still wearing their masks.

“I know other people haven’t been vaccinated and I do not have any information saying I am 100 percent not able to give it to anyone, especially high-risk people,” said Lindsay Luttman, 38, a hospitality worker who was shopping for clothes.

She added, “I do trust the CDC but until I’m 100 percent guaranteed that I’m not going to get sick by other people, I’m wearing my mask —  even if it’s only a slight chance that I will get sick.”

In other parts of the city, such as Coney Island, beach-goers were happy to be mask free in the 86 degree heat.

Author Jim Rickards tweeted Wednesday, “Masks don’t work and never did. States and CDC no longer require them. But, New Yorkers are still wearing masks. A viral crisis is now a mental health crisis, something predicted in Chapter 5 of my new book.”

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